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The Transformation of Southeast Asia

Marc Frey (Editor) Ronald W. Pruessen (Editor) Tan Tai Yong (Editor)
Synopsis Decolonization is an important part of Southeast Asia’s history. An understanding of the evolutionary patterns of Europe’s and Japan’s empires in Southeast Asia from the late nineteenth century through World War II provides important insights into the specific events of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. In turn, the political, economic, and cultural currents of the “post-colonial” era – including Southeast Asia’s gradual adjustment to globalizing forces – enhances our understanding of the dynamics of the multifaceted decolonization process. This volume moves beyond the traditional view of decolonization as simply a transfer of power. Instead, the chapters emphasize the process, rather than events, to provide a framework for discussion. The authors look at the impact of decolonization and the struggle of the new nation states with issues such as economic development, cultural development, nation building, ideology, race, and modernization. The editors have brought together European, American, and Asian Scholars to share different perspectives and insights on decolonization and southeast Asia’s development in the post colonial era.
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About the author

Tan Tai Yong

Tan Tai Yong, a Professor of History, was appointed Director of the Institute of South Asian Studies on 1 June 2008. He is concurrently Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore.

He has written extensively on South Asian history as well as on Southeast Asia and Singapore. His recent books include Creating Greater Malaysia: Decolonization and the Politics of Merger (2008); Partition and Post-Colonial South Asia: A Reader (co-edited, 2007): The Garrison State (2005), The Aftermath of Partition in South Asia (co-authored, 2000) and The Transformation of Southeast Asia: International Perspectives on De-colonization (co-edited, 2003).

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Bibliographic information

Title The Transformation of Southeast Asia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Spring Books
Language: English
isbn 8188817090
length xiv+358p., Figures; Notes; Index; 24cm.